Dawn Engelken, 57, died unexpectedly January 30, 2021 at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. She was born, February 12, 1963, the daughter of Larry and Sis (Shay) Long.
Dawn was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Rodney Long of Topeka and her grandparents, Harry and Hazel Shay of Tecumseh and Paul and Florence Long of Topeka.
Surviving are her husband, Jeff Engelken; son, Jakob Rodney Long, both of the home in Topeka and daughter Casey Engelken, of Overland Park. Other survivors are her mother, Sis Long of Topeka; sisters, Sher Foster (Clarence) of Topeka; Kristi Gosser (Christopher) of Auburn; brother, Duke Rodney Long (Sandy) of Carbondale. Dawn is also survived by many friends, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, all who loved her and will miss her smile and hugs. She loved her dog, LarrieAnn, who will also miss her dearly.
Dawn attended Shawnee Heights High School and classes at Washburn University. She worked at the Payless Shoe Source Warehouse for many years and also at Copper Craft.
Dawn loved helping people and was a long time member of the 2100 Club where she had plenty of opportunities to lend a hand to many who loved and appreciated her. The Club could always depend on her to be ready and willing to help organize and work all activities that they sponsored. She also spent hours working on meeting schedules that she personalized to make everyone feel special and welcome.
She loved spending time with her son, Jake, especially shopping. They would hit all the Dollar Stores in surrounding towns and garage sales looking for a bargain. The whole point of these trips was to find gifts for friends and family just because she cared about everyone and loved to surprise them with a something special. One gift she especially looked for was special ink pens with the Serenity Prayer printed them. She would hand those out to friends and even strangers just to brighten someone’s day. Dawn also looked forward to her trips with Jeff around town and to neighboring towns looking for Hot Wheels for his collection. These trips almost always included breakfast or lunch and they both enjoyed eating out.
Due to the Pandemic, a private family service is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tecumseh United Methodist Church, PO Box 5, Tecumseh, Kansas 66542.